By Emma Sanders
Harry Redknapp has recalled Roman Pavlyuchenko’s lack of effort in training after telling a brilliant story about his interpreter during a training session soon after his arrival at Tottenham.
The Russian joined Spurs in 2008 when Redknapp was manager and he spoke very little English so had to have an interpreter to reveal the instructions he was being given from the coaching staff throughout the session.
Redknapp joked the interpreter had to keep running on to the pitch to tell Pavlyuchenko what he was saying but the former Spurs boss hinted at a lack of effort from the striker.
“After about eight times he had run on, I realised that he worked harder than Pavlyuchenko,” Redknapp told BT Sport, as quoted by the Mirror.
“He came off at the end of the session and he was knackered while Pavlyuchenko hadn’t even broken a sweat.”
According to the Guardian, it’s not the first time Redknapp has criticised Pavlyuchenko’s work ethic and he told the media in 2010 he wanted players “who are going to work.”
Redknapp claimed the striker had “terrific” ability but often questioned his desire to work for the team and it seems he was denied a number of league starts as a result.
He struggled to make an impact at White Hart Lane and during four years at the club, he made just 45 starts in the Premier League but made a further 33 appearances off the bench.
He had a good goal-scoring record though, netting 42 goals in 114 appearances in all competitions but struggled to gain the trust of Redknapp.
Tottenham lost 2-1 against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday after Christian Eriksen had put them ahead with a sensational strike.
But goals from Pedro and Victor Moses put Antonio Conte’s side in command as they secured their seventh consecutive league win to remain at the Premier League summit.
In other Tottenham news, Jermain Defoe has revealed which player surprised him in training.